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Editors’ Notes

Kings Of Leon producer Jacquire King helped Augustana veer from their Coldplay-by-way-of-U2 inspired piano ballads toward rootsy arena anthems. The opening tune, “Steal Your Heart,” is an impassioned insta-hit that has more in common with early-‘90s Bruce Springsteen. The warm guitar phase introducing “Wrong Side of Love” sounds imported straight from the House Of Love’s 1988 hit “Christine” before Dan Layus comes in singing like Nils Lofgren. Underneath the catchy piano melodies and sweeping string section of “Counting Stars” you can hear the sound of a band taut from the inimitable experience of relentless touring. The more complex changes on the acoustic-based “Borrowed Time” are just as tight, though this song contrasts the band’s flawless changes with lazy slide-guitars, light shuffled rhythms and plenty of room for Layus’ lyrics to stretch out enough for some sublime close-harmonies that give the tune a ‘70s country-rock feel. Standout song “Hurricane” blends that backlit twang with a “Beast Of Burdon” swagger. “Hearts Wonder” and “Last Mistake” are exclusive songs deeply rooted in Springsteen’s heartland hymns.

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wooh!!

FINALLY! I wish I could kiss my computer!
In fact, I think I will....

Painfully Disappointing

As a huge fan of Augustana - I frequent their concerts and of course always buy their albums - I have been excited for this album since they announced it last year. It seems that Augustana went into the studio and got lost in the production process. The signature piano lines of the past are gone as are the incredibly eccentric lyrical nuances that once were a mainstay in Dan Layus' work. I want to love the album, I was very enthused by the first 2 singles when the demos were released almost a year ago now, but I can't. I miss the originality that once defined Augustana and the predictabe vocals, boring lyrics, and all-together lack luster album is less than any enthusiast of this group's work should have expected. Hopefully Augustana will go back to the drawing board for their next album looking to reinvigorate much of what was lost and what i'm sure many of their fans will dearly miss from this effort.

Great album where's the piano?

Where's the piano?

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Greenville, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Augustana's music is the heartland equivalent of Coldplay and Keane, with a touch of mid-'90s adult alternative throwback (think Counting Crows or the Wallflowers) also peppering the band's rootsy, piano-based rock. Although based in California, the group formed in southern Illinois in 2002, while singer/keyboardist Dan Layus and guitarist Josiah Rosen were studying contemporary Christian music at Greenville College. The band's original lineup also included bassist Simeon Lohrmann, second keyboardist...
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